The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation on 18 February 2016 sanctioned construction of around eighty two thousand houses for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in urban areas of 163 cities.
The cities are in West Bengal, Telangana, Bihar, Mizoram, Rajashtan, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. State wise number of houses sanctioned
• West Bengal - 27830 houses
• Telangana – 22817
• Bihar – 13315
• Mizoram – 8922
• Rajasthan – 6052
• Uttarakhand - 484
According to the Ministry, the construction will involve an investment of over four thousand crore rupees, of which, the Union Government will provide an assistance of 1226 crore rupees. These 1226 crore rupees will be provided under the Prime Minister's Awas Yojana (Urban).
The proposals on sanctioning houses for EWS in urban areas by seven states was approved by an inter-ministerial Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee, chaired by HUPA Secretary Nandita Chatterjee.
How the constructions will be done?
• Of the total houses, 58456 houses will be built under the ‘Beneficary Led Construction’ component. Under this, beneficiaries will build new houses on their own land with assistance from the central and state governments.
• Rest of the houses will be built under the Affordable Housing in Partnership’ component under which state governments will provide land and the central government will give an assistance of 1.50 lakh rupees to each beneficiary.
With this decision, the Government has so far sanctioned over five lakh houses in different states. Under the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (Urban), the government has targeted assisting construction of 2 crore houses for urban poor in 4041 statutory urban local bodies in the country.
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When: 18 February 2016